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BigSi110

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Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:12:08 AM »
Having just purchased an Australian trailer and become a tow-ist, I've discovered minimal clearance between my towball and spare wheel. This made hitching tricky and unhitching slightly harder than planned.

So it seems a DB adjustable tow hitch would be a good idea.

RST Landrovers have a new one for 120 complete, but is this a good price or are better deals out there?

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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2012, 09:14:42 AM »
There is the one off my 130 laying on the garage floor but it's for a TD5 crossmember so it won't fit a 300tdi  :bang :bang
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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2012, 09:42:16 AM »
I visited the factory where they make them last week and tried to blag one   :floor didn't work though.
I'd try e bay, or have you had a look at Towsure?
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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2012, 04:57:27 PM »
Si.
Look at the Dixon Bates website and cut the middle man out.
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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2012, 10:30:36 PM »
si  love to see some pictures of it ?  :beer

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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 06:51:36 AM »
Thanks for the replies. :up

Chris... :bang :lol

eBay - it's where I saw the RST one. :up

Bilko - excellent suggestion! Checked prices, but no cheaper than RST's in truth.

The DB's for this. Seperate thread below...

http://www.landroverscene.com/forum/index.php?topic=4834.msg53696#new

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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 08:04:10 AM »
If that is the only trailer your going to tow, Si, why not make a dropper plate?
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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2012, 08:19:38 AM »
What's a dropper plate?

The only trailer.... :mm Maybe.

There's other plans at some point in the future for towing other things, and I'd never rule out loading Toby onto a rented trailer so we can take him places, so it'd be nice to have the flexibility.

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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2012, 08:24:03 AM »
What's a dropper plate?


Just a steel plate with 4 holes. Two to bolt where the ball fits now and two for the ball lower down.  :up
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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2012, 08:34:09 AM »
You could consider this :





or this route what we do with Southdown :



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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2012, 08:42:18 AM »
Aah! I have a dropper plate with 4 holes, but am already on the lowest. It's these large (spare) tyres that make clearance a problem.

Guess I could always find one with 6 holes, but would it need welding to fit? Then again, that may not be such a problem. :mm

Southdown stuff is good, but it wouldn't be any less than the DB stuff and I don't need a removable hitch.

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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2012, 08:55:18 AM »
If you put larger tyres on the trailer you will not need the hitch so low *whistle smiley*

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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2012, 09:05:08 AM »
Aah!!  :bang :bang :bang

Which means my spare wheel would need removed. Not good. Was gonna fit taller tyres but think that plan's now scuppered.

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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2012, 09:14:34 AM »
I ran the sankey with the spare on. Sankey ran on 235's and nato hitch was on the adjustable Dixon-Bate.

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Re: Dixon-Bate Tow Hitch -Where From?
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2012, 09:24:58 AM »
But Joe had his spare on the bonnet? :??

Anyway, all I need is another 30mm of clearance to make things easier.